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Old 05-03-2010, 02:31 AM   #1
WonderLlama
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Help adding PCMCIA network cards to Slackware 11


I've been searching all over trying to figure out how to get my Slackware box to detect my 2 PCMCIA wired nics. Specs are:

Dell Latitude CPi (old, I know...)
Compaq 10/100 PC Card (series NNB108)
Xircom "Credit Card" Ethernet 10/100+ and Modem 56 (model: CEM56-100.
Slackware 11 (kernel 2.6.21.5)

Both cards work under Ubuntu 9.04 on the same hardware so I know they are both working and linux compatible.

Checking the /var/log/messages file I see entries when I insert or remove the card. States that a PCMCIA card has been added/removed however other than the /messages log entry there is no other activity that I notice. No lights on the NIC card dongles either.

Most of the reading I've done on the net indicate that there should be a /etc/pcmcia/network.opts file but I don't even have the /etc/pcmcia directory.

Sure would appreciate some guidance on where to go or what to do to get these two PCMCIA nics up and running. Thanks!
 
Old 05-03-2010, 07:42 PM   #2
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Are you sure the driver is installed?

I am not really a slackware guy so I have no idea if slackware has this preinstalled or not but here is a package of
PCMCIA drivers and all kinds of other stuff for making PCMCIA work in Linux.

http://pcmcia-cs.sourceforge.net/

If you search through the list of supported cards yours is in the list.

If you have already installed this(or Slackware has it already installed) then I would look at the HOWTO and other documentation on that page, looks like they have allot of it

Hope that helps.
 
Old 05-07-2010, 01:46 AM   #3
WonderLlama
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Thanks ADxD7. Turns out that I don't have the drivers on the laptop. Didn't even have PCMCIAUTILS installed (didn't know I needed that). Now I've downloaded and installed the PCMCIAUTILS from the slackware respository and I think it's working. I've also downloaded a driver for the xircom card, but now comes the hard part. Not sure how I install the driver for the network card.

Still looking for the driver to the Compaq 10/100 PC Card part no 335511-003.

Can anyone offer advice on how to install the drivers on Slackware 11?
 
Old 05-07-2010, 01:56 AM   #4
ajeetsinghraina
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Hope http://www.basicconfig.com/linuxtips...lackware_linux may provide you some hint.
 
Old 05-10-2010, 09:36 PM   #5
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Loaded xirc2ps_cs. What's next?

Ok. I'm really stumped here, and it looks like I'm not the only one. I found the following blog entries here from StuartD describing my situation exactly (same laptop and pcmcia nic cards). After a well documented attempt it looks like he opted to upgrade to slackware 12. Unfortunately I'm not able to do that and am stuck with v11.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...l-laptop-2185/

I really need some help figuring out how to get the xirc2ps_cs module permanently up and running. I have successfully loaded it using "modprobe xirc2ps_cs". Now it shows up in the lsmod but my eth0 still is not up and running. Can't get beyond this step.

1. How do I configure the xirc2ps_cs module and get my eth0 up and running.
2. How do I make this permanent so it happens every time.

Sure appreciate any help that might be out there. Again, I need to stick with Slackware 11 so upgrade (unfortunately) isn't an option. Thanks in advance.
 
Old 05-15-2010, 01:44 AM   #6
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Ok, so it turns out that I needed to modprobe the driver 'xirc2ps_cs' in my rc.modules-(release) file. Once I did that I ran cardmgr and they showed up. I realize that cardmgr is deprecated but it works now and I can't figure out how to get it to work with pcmciautils. Maybe I'll tackle that a bit later. For now they are pretty much loaded and up.
 
  


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